Primary schools introduce weaving and colour to the curriculum
Over the last four years, Malcolm the Weaver children’s education project has delivered books to over 6,000 Primary Schools around the UK, as well as in Germany, France, America, Asia, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
We have had wonderful endorsements and letters of thanks from supporters such as Joanna Lumley, David Walliams, Selina Scott, The Marquis of Bute, Sir David Attenborough, and Her Majesty the Queen.
The first in the trilogy of Malcolm the Weaver books ‘Weaver of a Life in Colour’, was sent as a gift to Her Majesty the Queen for her Great Grandson Prince George of Cambridge.
The second book, ‘The Rainbow that mixed colours’/’The Moon that shone dark’ was endorsed by Nick Mason, drummer with Pink Floyd, and sent as a gift to Her Majesty The Queens Great Granddaughter Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
Earlier this year, the third book in the ‘trilogy’ was published by the SDC, ‘The Tide that stayed out’/’The Wind that never blew’ and was sent as a gift to Prince Louis of Cambridge, and a letter of thanks received from Buckingham Palace.
Primary Schools around the country have been introducing weaving and textiles back on to the syllabus as well as creating a focus on craft and colour.
Primary Schools such as New Park Primary in Harrogate, Ripon Cathedral School, Gisbourne Primary School, Garnetbank in Glasgow, and most recently The Gleddings Preparatory School have all received the book. Head Teacher Jill Wilson said, after receiving a sponsored copy of the book: “Thank you very much indeed for the beautiful book. I absolutely love it. The complimentary copy will go in the whole school display, and we will use it both in our Assembly’s and in PSHE. I would like to purchase a further 10 copies of it’.
Ripley Endowed Primary School near Harrogate have a wonderful success story relating to the Malcolm the Weaver project. They have received a copy of all three of the books through generous local sponsorship, and have installed an ‘Earth Loom’ in their playground, where the children can weave coloured ribbon and grass tapestrys in a giant wooden loom.
This is a perfect example of how the education project can inspire and encourage 4 to 8 year old children about the art of colour, the craft of weaving and knitting, nature and the environment, by bringing nature and weaving in to the classroom.
In the words of Sir David Attenborough, who received a copy of ‘Weaver of a Life in Colour’ in April this year, “Bringing nature into the classroom can kindle a fascination and a passion for the diversity of life on earth, and can motivate a sense of responsibility to safeguard it.”
The Marquis of Bute, who sponsored books in the South West of Scotland stated, “I hope that distributing this wonderful children’s book in Argyll and Bute will help young people to understand and appreciate the importance of Scotland’s place in Britain’s textile industry, and to take an interest in Scotland’s rich history in the manufacturing of textiles”.
A colour and textiles, nature and environmental protection project that is certainly creating an impression with young children, perhaps even influencing their ideas on nature and colour and their plans for their future career.
Bringing back to children the art of colour and the skill of craft, with endorsements from people who care about our future and the wellbeing of our future generations.
Please visit the Malcolm the Weaver website to find out more about the books and our colouring activities. We also have a host of colour resources suitable for schools as part of the Colour Experience activities on the SDC website.
The ‘trilogy’ of Malcolm the weaver books are available to sponsor to Primary Schools at £25/set.
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